Area bank customers targeted by phone scam

Fulton area residents have reported receiving automated calls purporting to be from Central Bank. Scott said they are told their credit card or debit card with Central Bank has been locked and they should dial 1 and then key in their debit card or credit card number to correct the problem.

Some of the people receiving the calls say the calls have arrived at various times, even late at night.

Central Missouri residents started receiving the calls Thursday morning. The pace of the calls to both cell phones and land lines slowed on Friday. Some reported the number making the call was 830-504-8875.

But Scott said that number showing up on caller-ID’s is not the real location of the calls. The calls are routed through a complicated computer network that is difficult to trace. Criminals are able to use technology that causes the wrong number to show up on a caller ID screen.

In another recent phone scam, the phone number appearing on caller-ID’s falsely appeared to be coming from the Callaway County Sheriff’s phone.

“There are several numbers that have been showing up in this scam involving Central Bank,” Scott said.

Several other banks around the nation were hit with the same scam at the same time Central Bank was targeted.

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